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The Rational Drug Use of Dentists in a University Hospital

Version 1 : Received: 30 October 2018 / Approved: 31 October 2018 / Online: 31 October 2018 (11:13:37 CET)

How to cite: Terzi, Ö.; Yılmaz, F. The Rational Drug Use of Dentists in a University Hospital. Preprints 2018, 2018100752 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0752.v1). Terzi, Ö.; Yılmaz, F. The Rational Drug Use of Dentists in a University Hospital. Preprints 2018, 2018100752 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0752.v1).

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the status of receiving education on rational drug use, the criteria in medical drug selection, and level of knowledge of dentists working in a dentistry faculty in Turkey. Material and Methods: This was a descriptive study based on a questionnaire. One hundred seventeen (74%) dentists volunteered to participate in the study. The questionnaire consisted of 20 questions investigating sociodemographic features and rational drug use. Results: The mean age of the dentists was 30.8 ± 7.2 years, and 62.4% were men. The mean period of professional experience was 8.9±7.1 years. The most frequently used resources of references while prescribing medicine were Vademecum (medical drug guide) (61.5%), the internet (59.0%), and colleagues (49.6%). The most frequently reported condition described as ‘good’ was drug indications (43.6%). The dentists had a moderate level of information about posology, and administration route (48.7%), pharmacologic features (48.7%), and contraindications (46.2%). The number of dentists who stated that they considered cost while prescribing was low [always (6%), and frequently (15.4%)]. Rational drug use education had been received by 23.9% of the dentists. Conclusions: The dentists were found to have a lack of adequate and effective education on rational use of drugs. Regular and continuous education before and after graduation is a necessity for dentists and for their patients.

Subject Areas

rational drug use; dentist; prescribe

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